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Brent Eleigh or Brent Ely, Suffolk

Historical Description

Brent-Eleigh or Brent-Ely, a village and a parish in Suffolk, near the river Brett, 7 miles NE by N of Sudbury, and 2¼ SE from Lavenham station on the G.E.R. There is a post office under Lavenham (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage of parish, 1684; population, 221. Brent-Eleigh Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value commuted, £482 with residence. The church is good, and was rebuilt in 1850. A market was formerly held in the parish.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishBrent Illeigh St. Mary 
Poor Law unionCosford 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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